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Nantes Open Women’s Roundup: Mesic and Pomportes Ensure Home Interest in Last Eight


French duo Chloe Mesic and Laura Pomportes will meet in the quarter-final of the Open International de Squash de Nantes after the pair were the only home players to win on the opening day of main draw action at the PSA W5 tournament.

Top seed Mesic came up against World No.152 Nia Davies of Wales in her first round encounter and eased into a 2-0 lead after storming out of the traps. A dogged Davies upped her game in the third to push Mesic hard, but the 25-year-old was not to be denied and she held on to push an 11-3, 11-4, 12-10 victory over the line.

Pomportes, meanwhile, looks to have maintained the excellent form that took her to the Legacy Wealth Belfast Open title a fortnight ago as she blitzed past Spanish qualifier Marina de Juan Gallach to set up a quarter-final clash with her compatriot.

Elsewhere, the second highest ranked Frenchwoman in the draw, Enora Villard, fell to a surprise 3-1 defeat against Julianne Courtice. World No.89 Villard was the heavy favourite given that she is ranked 115 places above Courtice, but a fine display from the Englishwoman saw her claim a superb victory to set up a next round meeting with Switzerland’s Nadia Pfister, who recovered from two games down to defeat Marta Latorre Ramirez.

Second seed Alexandra Fuller is also through to the last eight courtesy of a comfortable straight games win against Elise Romba and the South African will now face English number six seed Rachael Chadwick, who saw off Charlotte Delsinne, in the quarter-final.

Egypt’s Hana Ramadan and Dutchwoman Tessa ter Sluis will contest the other quarter-final fixture after respective wins over wildcard Sarah Mekhalfi and Switzerland’s Cindy Merlo.

Results – First Round: Open International de Squash de Nantes 2016
[1] Chloe Mesic (FRA) bt Nia Davies (WAL) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 12-10 (20m)
[8] Laura Pomportes (FRA) bt [Q] Marina de Juan Gallach (ESP) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (25m)
[7] Tessa ter Sluis (NED) bt [Q] Cindy Merlo (SUI) 3-1: 10-12, 11-6, 12-10, 11-9 (32m)
[3] Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt [WC] Sarah Mekhalfi (FRA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-1, 11-5 (15m)
[Q] Julianne Courtice (ENG) bt [4] Enora Villard (FRA) 3-1: 11-3, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9 (46m)
[5] Nadia Pfister (SUI) bt Marta Latorre Ramirez (ESP) 3-2: 9-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 14-12 (54m)
[6] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) bt [Q] Charlotte Delsinne (FRA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 (20m)
[2] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt Elise Romba (FRA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (19m)

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Chloe Mesic (FRA) v [8] Laura Pomportes (FRA)
[7] Tessa ter Sluis (NED) v [3] Hana Ramadan (EGY)
[Q] Julianne Courtice (ENG) v [5] Nadia Pfister (SUI)
[6] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) v [2] Alexandra Fuller (RSA)

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